New figures show that recycling rates are up in Essex, according to  

The latest statistics show that 52.6 per cent of rubbish in the area is now being placed into recycling bins. Not only that, but the amount of household waste overall has decreased. It has been calculated that over the last 12 months, household waste has fallen by 7,500 tonnes (around 1.2 per cent). This has saved the area around £500,000 in landfill disposal costs.

Talking about the data, County Councillor Roger Walters, cabinet member for waste and recycling, told “The continued improvement in recycling rates across the county is a tremendous achievement and I would like to thank residents for taking the time to recycle as much as they can.”

He did say however that the hard work is not done yet, as the council is hoping to achieve a 60 per cent recycle rate. He added: “Last year we spent £19.56 million on landfill tax alone in Essex, so we all need to keep reducing our waste and recycle, compost and reuse as much as we can.”

Composting rates have also risen in the area over the last year by 1.42 per cent, meaning the rate is now at 23.5 per cent. This is thought to be down to new food waste collections that have been brought in by the district, borough and city councils, with financial support from Essex County Council.

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